St. Lou Fringe Presents a Feast of Fringey Fabulousness this Friday With 'Alice in Fringeland'

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Fringe is back. Well, not completely back. You’ll have to wait until June 18-22 for the full Fringe Festival, but for die hard Fringeheads—and for those who want to help support the most creative and unexpected festival in St. Louis—Fringe returns for one night only with the first annual FIVE FIFTHS event, “Alice in Fringeland,” Lewis Carroll’s classic story broken into five acts, each performed by a different artistic group, this Friday, March 21, at the Kranzberg Center for the Arts in Grand Center.

St. Louis Fringe Festival's Alice in Fringeland

St. Louis Fringe Festival’s Alice in Fringeland. Courtesy of St. Lou Fringe.

The “fringey” artists performing “Alice in Fringeland” give a good representation of the wild range of artists that flock to the festival each year to try out their best, riskiest, and sometimes most risque material. Interpreting the story of “Alice” are Ashleyliane Dance Company, First Time Puppet Theater, Sabina England and Loren D (slam poets and mime/performance artists), The Kiss ‘N Tells (a musical theater burlesque troupe), and The Players Project theater company, interpreting the story through dance, slam poetry, theater, burlesque, puppetry, and more.

The evening gets underway at 7pm with a VIP reception hosted by Siren of Glitterbomb productions, featuring live music and dance, performances by Lux Ascension, Lindy Hop St. Louis, Muther Tucker and Aimaginee. For a visual fashion design treat, live models glammed up with on-the-spot Alice in Wonderland-inspired hair and makeup creations (concocted by Paul Mitchell aspiring designers) will be on hand wearing fashion by Christy Timberlake. Visual art by Vesna Delevska, Nelson Perez, Kassie Ramsey, Rachel Santel and Felecia Whalen will also be on display.

FIVE FIFTHS’ “Alice in Fringeland” kicks off at 8:30pm. Groups of four can purchase VIP tables. The afterparty follows the show at 10pm featuring music by The Glass Cavalry, Grave, and Asimov, and performances by Muther Tucker and Aimaginee. Party-goers can take advantage of the cash bar, drink specials, and celebrate late into the night. All proceeds go to St. Lou Fringe Festival. Tickets are available for the entire evening or any single event; reception, show, or afterparty. For more information, visit St. Lou Fringe.

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